As the U.S. moves to develop offshore wind energy resources along the Atlantic coast, the potential for impacts on sensitive marine resources is a key planning input shaping these efforts. Alternative energy development is one of a host of competing ocean uses that have deepened the need for more comprehensive coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP). A critical component for the success of these activities is comprehensive data and models on marine animal occurrence and distribution across the coastal ocean. In addition, spatial tools are needed to access these information resources and provide support to policymakers and stakeholders. MGEL is working with a range of partners to develop consolidated data holdings of sensitive species, improve animal distribution and habitat models, and develop decision support tools to provide these resources into planning processes.